In Twilight's Shadow
Patti O'Shea
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In Twilight's Shadow (Light Warriors, Book 2)
Patti O'Shea
384 pages
June 2008
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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In Twilight's Shadow (Light Warriors, Book 2) follows In The Midnight Hour, which introduced magical enforcer Ryne Frasier and her partner, Deke Summers. In this story, the second in Patti O'Shea's "Light Warriors" series, we follow Ryne's sister Maia as she continues to come to terms with her life as someone who has had to give up her magic. Seven years ago Maia got pulled into black magic and was forced to give up her powers to prevent her sister's being tasked to kill her. Unfortunately, Maia's whole life had been focused on her magic; without it, she feels bereft and is stuck in an unfulfilling job.

When magical enforcer Creed Blackwood arrives at her door, she initially considers turning him away - she knows that Ryne has fallen out with him. However, she offers hospitality to Creed, helping him to recover and eventually teaming up with him as he tries to hunt down a powerful demon, Seth, an entity Maia knows on a very personal level from the days when she was sucked into black magic. What Maia doesn't realize is that something evil has begun to get behind Creed's mental shields, and it looks as if he is falling into black magic. Can Creed and Maia keep Ryne safe from Seth when both of them are wounded in their own ways? Can Maia have any sort of a life with a magical being now that she is without her magic? Can Ryne and Deke forgive Creed for his behavior?

In Twilight's Shadow (Light Warriors, Book 2) is more enjoyable than the first in the series because the characters have more depth. There are still some occasional plot improbabilities, and the overall world of the magical creatures hangs together fairly loosely; nevertheless, the book isn't boring, and both central characters are likeable, partly because of their faults. The action scenes tend to be slightly less convincing than they could be, and some aspects of the story aren't completely explained, but the plot moves along at a good pace and the resolution is suitably complete.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Helen Hancox, 2008

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